In a previous life, the trade journal I edited, CONVERING Magazine, was an AIMCAL member nearly since its inception. I started attending the annual Winter Management Meetings back in 1996. And the benefits gained from my close association with AIMCAL have continued to today with our membership via Converting Quarterly.
A key strength of AIMCAL is its long-standing tradition of providing deep technical education, research and marketing opportunities for members – be they converters, machinery and materials suppliers, consultants or academia. That strength will take a turn for the even better next month with the launch of AIMCAL TV. Original programming will debut monthly in the Members Section of the AIMCAL Website (www.aimcal.org). Focusing on web coating, vacuum web coating, web handling and slitting presentations offered by AIMCAL consultants and industry professionals, each episode ends with a live Q&A session that lets viewers comment or ask questions in real-time. Members can call up the various programs on demand, and selected Converting School courses are included to members at no charge, beginning with Prof. Steven Abbott’s “Adhesion” course.
When it comes to growing your company’s name-recognition and expert technical reputation among potential customers, AIMCAL membership is vital. You not only can present papers at the multiple annual conferences organized by AIMCAL (ICE USA, ICE Europe and WCHC USA next year alone). But your company news (M&As, system installations, new products) is a priority with me for posting on the CQ Website, our social-media channels and placement in the weekly CQ E-News.
But the strongest reason, I think, for AIMCAL membership is networking. We all know how important personal relationships are to doing business…and often succeeding in that business. I know I’ve gained so much, for my own education as well as the profit of my magazines, through the many friends and colleagues I’ve worked with and for AIMCAL in the past 20 years.
So, if I haven’t made it perfectly clear yet why your company will benefit from AIMCAL membership, you can get even more information HERE. I look forward to working with you as an AIMCAL member in 2017.